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    September 3, 2010
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reported broken boards because the waves are crashing so much. let's hear from the mayor of ocean city now, rick meehan. >> the winds are sustained in the 40 to 45 miles per hour range for a time, we'll see loose items flying around. >> reporter: we're not getting that yet. originally they were calling for the bad weather at 2:00 a.m. it could be delayed a little bit. we've been watching hatteras, they are not getting quite as much rain as they had expected down there. we're keeping watch in ocean city, what the officials are say s basically, to the people in the washington region who may be planning to come out here. delay the driving until 3:00 this afternoon. then head on out and you'll have a great labor day weekend. between now and mid of afternoon they are a little concerned
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about conditions deteriorating back here. >> i wondered, you mentioned labor day weekend, i wonder if anticipating the storm has affected the businesses there and made people think about bat toning down for a little while going into today? >> reporter: good question, at the hotel we're staying at they had 16 people leave early. had 16 people leave last night rather than try to stay today or wait out the storm. they also had a couple of people cancel. only a couple, not a lot. in terms of other stores, ocean city has a lot of vacancies along the hotel strip. so, stores are expecting and hoping that the people will be coming saturday and sunday and still being here through the week ahead.
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chris gordon, live in ocean city maryland, thanks, chris. >> it looks like by mid afternoon it will be clear in ocean city. >> probably be sunny by mid afternoon. the winds will pick up between now and then. gusting to around 35 miles an hour, 20 miles to the south there. look at the radar, it is raining really hard. they are getting wind driven heavy rains from virginia beach down to nags head. those areas of yellow and orange, the center of circulation of earl is just about 40 or 50 miles to the east of hatteras. but the heavy rains are coming in inland and slamming the beach area there. our local radar not showing rain here but there are a few sprinkles in the northern neck of virginia and bay. some of the rain will be arriving into ocean city in the next hour. and earl, here's the wide view
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continues to advance to the north. it's a category 2 storm. the winds have decreased since yesterday morning at this time but still a powerful storm moving north-northeast at 16. it will take it up towards new england. closer view of the track showing it will be further out to sea. there's still going to be enough tropical storm force winds, maybe 40 to 50-mile-per-hour gusts at ocean city later today. we'll have temperatures climbing in the mid to upper 90s. and breezy tomorrow near 80. looks like a great labor day weekend. how's the traffic? >> we're starting you off with good news. overnight road construction is wrapping up around the region. the capitol beltway gets the lane back. the headlights heading past 270 at the speed limit. no big trouble spots to start you off along 95. we do have police activity
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causing delay on the left side. back to you. >> thanks, ashley. plan ahead if you're heading to the beach for labor day. you can avoid delays by traveling before noon or after 10:00 tonight. the best times on saturday or before 7:00 a.m. and between 5 and 10:00 p.m. and then sunday after 10 p.m. on sunday. make sure your vehicle is road ready though. one disabled vehicle can cause huge backups. and for traffic conditions approaching or on the bay bridge, call 1-877-bay-span or log on to baybridge.com. metro will close five rail line stations as it under did goes the the largest project in the history. forest glenn, silver spring will close for track work tonight at 10:00. the red line stations will
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reopen tuesday morning. they will work on the eight-mile stretch of track. riders should expect delays. we're getting a new look at the moments leading up to the end of the hostage situation at the discovery channel building and radio transmissions recorded as the drama was unfolding. jackie bensen reports. >> got one of hostages laying on the floor. >> reporter: these pictures obtained exclusively by news 4 show the moments after the standoff ended, on the ground, three men to be the just released hostages. per procedure police would have ordered them into the position as they left the building until s.w.a.t. team officers determined there was no other threat. montgomery county police radio transmissions document the response to an unimaginable
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event. an armed man in discovery communications in downtown silver spring. >> the suspect's name was lee. >> i have a sniper observing team here. >> reporter: the two hand guns found with the suspect after he was killed by a s.w.a.t. team officer were starter pistols that looked like real guns. police chief tom manger said more were found in a house in wheaton where lee rented a room. >> they would be lethal, certainly to him, it would be pure speculation, but clearly the hostages close enough, they would have been in harm's way. >> reporter: neighbors say lee was quiet and kept to himself. they had no idea he had extreme social and political views and long-running conflict with discovery over programming. there's been discussion about
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whether discovery should greatly restrict access to the lobby area. it was designed as a public space and they would like to see it stay that way. jackie bensen, news 4. we are monitoring a developing situation in south florida this morning ahead of a busy travel weekend. a bomb squad investigating a suspicious package at miami airport. it set off an alarm at the security checkpoint. they have taken one man into cut custody there. authorities evacuated most of the concourses around 9:30 last night. middle east leaders promise to keep peace talks going after they leave washington. netanyahu and abas plan to work regularly until a deal can be worked out. abass and netanyahu plan to meet
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again in less than two weeks. ahead on "news 4 today." how nasa is using earl as an opportunity to learn things. >> we'll look at the damage earl has caused along the north carolina coast. it's risky business, one store is not open yet and already getting a lot of attention in virginia. a look ahead to the weekend as well as a check of the traffic. stay with u
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hurricane earl is now pounding the outer banks with heavy rain and strong winds. the radar showing the center of circulation is 50 miles to the southeast of cape hatteras. right now, right at the nags head beach, they just had a gust over 60 miles per hour, getting very heavy rain. it should be raining in ocean city pretty soon. we are getting a few sprinkles around the metro area. light rain in the northern neck of virginia and on the lower eastern shore at this time. we'll have highs climbing out of the 70s where we are now to the upper 80s. maybe a little sun back this afternoon. there is a chance of a passing shower. great weather for the holiday weekend. a look into the next week in 10 minutes. >> ashley, how's traffic? >> we're starting off with a new accident. we've got more information on it. 95 in the southbound direction,
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you'll find it just south of newington, here's the case as you make your way to accident scene. it's over on the left side, stay to the right to get by. as far as delays are concerned it is shockingly stacking up. heading in the southbound direction which are the brake lights towards the accident with the flashing light there. just a little bit of volume but not too bad to start you off. joe and aaron, back to you. time is 4:42. still to come, highly trained emergency workers in montgomery county deployed due to earl. who they are going to help. >> frustration aimed at pepco, what one customer did because her power goes out so often. a brand-new business already stirring up controversy along a quaint street, why the owner of
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good morning, welcome back,
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some community leaders in manassas are concerned about an adult store, kk temptations will ruin the time and money spent to make it more family friendly. the owner says she is being judged unfairly. she promises it will be classy and upscale and discreet. pepco is listening to customer comments as it tries to improve persistent problems with its electricity service. the utility company held a public hearing at prince george's community college in largo. customers lined up to tell pepco why they are not getting adequate service. >> i counted five where the power flicks off and comes back on in one outage. this is happening within the month of august. they deny it has anything to do with pepco, that you need to
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call an electrician. but we don't need an electrician for the entire subdivision. >> the public hearing comes after the company released a new reliability enhancement plan. pepco vowed to spend tens of millions of dollars to provide service within the next five years. hurricane earl is making its way up the east coast. category 2 hurricane is already hammering north carolina. it might have weakened in the last day or so but still poses a major threat from the mid-atlantic to new england. kristen dahlgren has the latest from kill devil hills, north carolina. >> reporter: through the dark of night, earl brought lashing winds and sent rain side ways rattling buildings along the outer banks as mountains of white surf piled up and those who took chances could only hope they made the right decision. the center of earl has so far stayed offshore, the glancing blow was enough to send many
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packing. roads filled with hundreds heading off the north carolina coast. as officials ordered mandatory evacuations for all visitors. >>thy asked us to leave, we have to cut our vacation short this year. >> reporter: to the north in income new england many were making the same decision, emergency vehicles heading on to vulnerable islands as last-minute preparations kicked into high gear. >> once it starts, you could sit here and watch and the boats are bouncing and breaking loose. you can't get at them. >> reporter: knowing that north carolina is the first stop. >> it's going to be a very close call for much of the east coast. >> reporter: and that earl may be far from done with its destructi destruction. kill devil hills, north carolina. >> the navy is preparedarrival. the navy has secured dozen ps of
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ships but conditions aren't threatening enough to move those offshore. it has a huge navy presence. hampton roads has 87,000 active personnel and 30,000 civilian workers. the mid-atlantic may be preparing for earl but the northeast could suffer more damage, especially massachusetts. >> and dozens of emergency personnel from our area are right now in cape cod this morning to provide support. darcy spencer has more. >> we're excited, aren't we? >> nice boy. >> reporter: victoria and her rescue dog are heading to massachusetts with the montgomery county urban search and rescue team. >> fonzi is only 2 and fema requires him to be 18 months to be certified. this is my first mission and his first mission. >> reporter: 80 members of the team have been activated by fema, taking 80,000 pounds of equipment to an air base off the coast to help if hurricane earl
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devastates cape cod. expected to pack up to 100-mile-per-hour winds. >> street by street searches to ensure there's nobody trapped in any collapsed houses and to assist with any rescues with that. >> reporter: the men and women had to get ready on short notice, that meant plans interrupted. >> my wife and three kids were on way to dinner, i had to stop that pretty fast. both of my kids were a little upset, but that's part of the life that we leave. >> reporter: this team has been dispatched during hurricanes many times before, but typically they are sent to the gulf coast. this will be the first time in a long time they'll be traveling north. tracy brought her two daughters to say good-bye to their daddy. >> the biggest feeling is we're proud of them, proud of what they are going out to do. it's just very heart warming to know they are going out to help people that really need it. >> reporter: darcy spencer, news
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4. nasa is hoping earl can help scientists learn more about tropical storms. nasa took this picture of earl a couple of days ago. the scientists flew into the hurricane to gather data. trying to learn more about what makes some tropical storms strengthen and others weaken. yesterday's flight is part of a six-week nasa research mission. >> definitely that, it's that science where it is helpful for them to be going into the storms and try to figure out what makes them tick. >> the tracking of this storm has been very good so far as far as the predictions. the insensitive forecast has been fluctuating a bit. they are getting better at these forecasts, tropical prediction center in miami doing an outstanding job with earl. it is now pounding the outer banks. look at the radar where you see the yellow is the heaviest rains. those are as far inland almost
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to richmond as well as almost to raleigh durham. farther to the east, the heaviest rains are now hitting where you see the yellows. there are wind gusts in the yellow bands right there at the coast of 60 to 65 miles an hour. the center of circulation is still offshore, but it's not going to be making a landfall but it is affecting all of the area from virginia beach down to nag s head, kill devil hills, getting pounded with tremendous amounts of rain and winds. winds coming out of the northeast around nags head at around 60 miles an hour. it is really pounding that region. our local radar showing a few sprinkles around the metro area. in prince william county. there's light rain falling in the northern neck of virginia, west moreland towards the bay and reedville. it's just beginning to rain in ocean city. and right down towards salisbury, it's about to rain there.
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the wider view showing this main center of circulation is still offshore thankfully. our temperatures around the region are in the 70s and it is cloudy, 78 in washington. we'll have it climbing today into the 80s. we do have the clouds from earl all across our region now as it does track off to the north and east. hurricane earl has been moving on this persistent track now and does appear it's beginning to take a northeasterly turn which is good news. category 2 winds have diminished a bit overnight, moving north northeasterly 16 miles an hour. on this track it will weaken down to a category 1 storm as it hits nantucket. a closer view showing it's going to be well offshore as far as the center of circulation goes but it will be passing right near nantucket. the center of circulation won'ting more than 30 miles east of nantucket. cape cod around 10:0011:00 tonight. for today, we'll have temperatures climbing to the mid
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and upper 80s by this afternoon with increasing sunshine. then overnight tonight, partly cloudy, in the 60s by dawn tomorrow. saturday, sunday and monday, beautiful weather for the holiday weekend. a blustery wind tomorrow gusting 25 to 30 miles an hour. we'll heat up a bit for work and school next week. this early morning, we have accident activity, but fortunately not too bad as we leave springfield on 95 south. fortunately against the grain of the traffic. up fortunately it's the holiday weekend. we have delays towards the top of the screen, 95 south, the left side is blocked and you do have a pinch of delay through that stretch. elsewhere around the region, volume on the increase on 270 south but it's congestion. as you can see you're still at the posted speed limit towards the capitol beltway. back to you. our time is 4:53. 75 degrees. the labor day weekend won't be
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much of a break for workers at virginia dmv. >> a scare shuts down several terminals in an airport and lands a passenger behind bars. a request from the miners trapped deep underground is denied.
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good morning, welcome back. the 33 miners trapped in chile will have to go without alcohol
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and cigarettes. a doctor from nasa denied their request because of the dangerous conditions down there. the miners have been given nicotine patches and gum to get them through their withdrawals. emergency workers ask nasa to help in their rescue mission. it could also take up to four months to carve a shaft large enough to lift the men out of this mine. pope benedict xvi blessed rosies and sent them down to the min miners. 13 workers are recovering after they jumped into the water to escape. this happened yesterday about 200 miles west of the site of the bp disaster. it's not clear what caused that fire. the coast guard says the rig was not drilling at the time of the accident. developers planning to build the $100 million islamic center near ground zero have financial hurdles to clear. they have not bought all of the property they want for the project. the developers are nearly
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$250,000 behind on taxes and late fees. a real estate group controlling the plan says the late payments stem from an ongoing property value dispute with the city. many have criticized the proposed mosque and community center because it will be close to the 9/11 site. the oldest newspaper for the gay and lesbian community will publish under its original nail name, the washington blade. it has been printed as the "d.c. agenda yt. three staffers bought the name and archives, it was founded in 1969. are you one of thousands of virnlg yans who couldn't get your driver's license renewed. bob mcdonnell says dmv offices will open on sunday and monday
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to accommodate people who couldn't get their licensed because of a glitch. the dmv extended hours will begin today. all 74 locations will remain open until 6:00 p.m., tomorrow 14 will stay open until 6:00. those include alexandria, fair oaks and woodbridge. those 14 dmvs will be open from 1:00 to 5 p.m. on sunday and 8:00 a.m. until noon on labor day. >> i'll bet they will be packed. >> stay with us, "news 4 today" continues now at 5:00 a.m. earl arrives, the outer bands of hurricane hammer the coast of north carolina overnight. now virginia and maryland are next. good morning, welcome back to "news 4 today," i'm joe krebs. >> eun yang is off this weekend,
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i'm aaron gilchrist on this friday, september 3rd. this is what earl is doing right now. you can see it inching ever closer to the coast of virginia and maryland. but the track has changed some this morning. >> let's go to tom kierein joining us in the studio to tell us about that change and what our weather will be like. >> it does look like it will be farther to the east of our atlantic beaches and delaware beaches but it's going to be close enough to whip them with rain and maybe winds gusting to around 50 miles an hour. that will be happening later this morning. right now the radar showing very heavy rain all the way inland, almost to richmond. nags head had wind gusts of nearly 60 miles an hour as the winds ever coming in. the center of circulation is to the southeast of cape hatteras. it is over the open waters and around center where there are
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105-mile-per-hour winds. when you get farther to the west and northwest, those winds diminished quite a bit down to around 70 to 60 miles an hour. inland, the peak gusts are 25 or so. it does continue to move off to the north and east. those really heavy bands of rain are just now about to hit virginia beach. and those heavier bands are inching farther to the north. local radar, not showing heavy rain around washington. prince william getting some sprinkles. getting light rain in the northern neck of virginia. our temperatures are in the 70s now. and this storm continues to stay similarly on this track that we've seen the last couple of days. it is now the latest information just in a few minutes ago from the tropical prediction center, still a category 2 storm with the peak winds near 105. after it exits our region, it will hit cape cod as well as
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perhaps nantucket and martha's vineyard. it will past to the southeast of cape cod. we'll have highs reaching the mid and upper -- >> and then tomorrow and sunday and monday, beautiful weather -- ashley, how's the traffic? >> it's early morning. we're starting off with one lonely accident 95 south. a little bit of volume on the approach. elsewhere, quiet times, 270 southbound, this is the pace. you're doing fine towards the capitol beltway. rolling accident free. as we take a trip around the beltway itself, here's the pace across the american legion, there's silver spring, all is quiet and no big problems to report as we continue around headed for college park. joe and aaron, back to you. north carolina is already feeling earl's wrath as tom just said. the storm's outer bands are dumping lots of rain on outer banks.
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parts of a highway had to be closed because of the flooding there this morning. ocean city, maryland is also bracing for earl. chris gordon joins us live from the resort town. what's it like right now? >> reporter: winds are picking up a little. if you look live behind me, you'll see down on the beach at 37th street, a couple of people who at 5:00 in the morning decided to do this bay watching. they are looking actually into the ocean here as the surf is picking up. that is what people are concerned about, that when there are no life guards on duty, do not go near the water. they are very concerned at ocean city. they say if there are no life guards on the beach, you shouldn't be in the water. those people were just taking a look at the water. the water will surge sometimes up on the beach. they found themselves in the water. you have to be careful with
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that. let's look at the dune grasses, the wind is picking up 15 to 20 miles an hour. tom kierein is warning the rain is approaching. yesterday we were on the beach, we want to show you that the surf was bigger than some of the experienced body boarders say they have ever seen before. i've talked to surfers who said when they get a truly big storm here this is the kind of surf they get in ocean city and reminds them of the bigger surfing areas. the average swimmer is warned to stay out of the surf while this storm comes through. the storm is right now approaching and ocean city authorities are warning people not to drive in it but to wait. let's hear from the emergency manager here in ocean city. >> friday the storm is going to be upon ocean city. consider delaying your travel
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times until the storm ends here. sometime late afternoon, conditions will improve that people can come back into the town and enjoy the receipt of the -- rest of the three-day weekend. >> reporter: we have souls down on the beach. let me grab a moment with you. what's it like? >> quite turbulent. >> reporter: are you from the area? you don't have to call me sir. >> i live here for the summer. >> reporter: how would you compare this to what you've seen in past storms? >> it's not too bad yet. >> hopefully it will get worse. >> reporter: are you guys surfers? >> yeah. >> what's your orders for the day. stay out of the water? what are you hearing? >> i'm not sure. any chance i get i'll surf. >> definitely. >> reporter: is this the best surfing weather you've seen in a while? >> to be honest, not really, kind of rough and turbulent.
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>> reporter: you're not usually up at this hour, are you? >> i would like to say i'm not. >> reporter: we'll leave it at that. don't want to know about your night's plans. that's the latest from ocean city, back to you. >> tmi area, chris. thanks very much. >> reporter: i don't think we had early risers here. >> i don't think so. >> i hope they enjoy themselves, great to be out there to look at the ocean, what a dramatic sight right now. you need to plan ahead if you're headed to the beach for labor day. you can avoid delays on the bay bridge by traveling before noon today or after 10:00 p.m. the best times to travel on saturday are before 7:00 a.m. and between 5 and 10:00 p.m. make sure your vehicle is road ready too, one disabled vehicle can cause huge backups, you know about that. for traffic conditions approaching or on the bay bridge, you can call
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1-877-bay-span or logon to baybridge.com. metro will close five train stations as it undertakes the largest maintenance project in history. megan mcgrath is live. what do folks need to know? >> reporter: they have to make different alternative arrangements if they take trains out of five of the stations that are going to be closed. we're going to see big closures here in terms of station closures over the weekend. it will impact folks the entire labor day weekend. the ntsb has recommended that metro replace a track switch in order to improve safety in light of last year's deadly collision. the work is very involved and it's going to take several days. so to get it all done as quickly as possible, metro has decided to do it all at once. they are going to close five stations over the weekend on the red line. the closure is going to take place beginning at 10:00
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tonight. the stations will remain closed until 1:00 in the morning on tuesday. let's take a look at the stations that are going to be impacted. tacoma, silver spring, forest glenn and wheaton and glenn mont stations. all will be closed beginning tonight through the entire weekend. the hope here is they can get the repair work done, they'll get things back open by tuesday morning's rush hour, although they will still be following speed restrictions through the work zone on tuesday. they hope to have all five stations back up and running. metro will be offering free shuttle buses but they are also advising people to build 40 minutes into the commute if you travel through the area over the weekend. back to you in the studio. >> 5:08 is the time now, still to come, food for thought, why a new study may encourage you to do a little cleaning this weekend. while you slept arks scare forces evacuations at an airport. one person, a passenger is locked up.
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police releasing new details about what they found inside the home of the man who took hostages at the discover channel headquarters. tom has the latest on earl and a look at the holida
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good morning, i'm tom kierein, winds are gusting over 40 miles an hour in virginia beach. they had gusts over 60 miles an
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hour. the leading edge of the rain almost up to ocean city. a few sprinkles in the northern neck of virginia and areas south of washington. later today, around our region, we'll climb into the 80s. we will get sun back this afternoon. small chance of a passing shower into midday. a beautiful labor day weekend to follow. ashley, good morning, how's our traffic? >> we do have accident activity, you'll find it out of virginia, 95 heading southbound prior to 70, it's on the left side of the roadway. for drivers heading in town, it is in the southbound direction. if you're headed southbound, you do have company along the way. it is going to be a little congested to get beyond that issue. as we travel around the capitol beltway, no big trouble spots to speak of. college park, a little bit of volume but you've got enough room between you and the car in front of you to do the posted speed limit. back to you.
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>> 13 after the hour. ahead on "news 4 today," a late night for the redskins, one player ended up staying on the field longer than expected. it may be risky to be riske in manassas, an adult shop is stirring up controversy. he experimented with bombs and it appeals he was telling the truth. what police found inside the home in the discovery channel standoff suspect. an airport arrest forces passengers out of yeah, but... what.. happened to the back there? well, here's the thing: this was the only "sporty two-seater" they had on my budget.
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hurricane earl is battering north carolina. it's weakened to a category 2 hurricane but it is still a powerful and dangerous storm as it makes its way up the east coast. nags head being drenched with several inches of rain. parts of north carolina could face a 2 to 4-foot storm surge. we'll have much more on hurricane earl, including a live report from north carolina later this hour. >> we have learned some new development in the last hour about an airport evacuation in south florida. authorities have reopened four concourses after closing them last night. a screener found a suspicious item in a checked bag and detained a passenger. authorities have not said whether they have charged that
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person or what they found in the luggage. >> weapons and more explosives, we're learning about the type of items collectsed by the man accused of holding three people hostage in discovery channel headquarters. elaine reyes joins us live from the newsroom with more details on that. >> good morning to you, aaron. investigators are still trying to find a vehicle or car that lee may have used to see if there is anything in that. he rented a room inside a home in wheaton and found more explosives inside. the house is located on kimberly drive near connecticut avenue. s.w.a.t. team members took away several boxes of items and evacuated neighbors during the search. investigators found four explosives inside his room and they successfully detonated all of them. they described james lee as a quiet man who kept to himself. he had pipe bombs and other explosives strapped to his body
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during the standoff. investigators found two starter pistols in his possession. >> had he been able to detonate those devices, they would have been lethal. to him, it would be pure speculation, but clearly the hostages were close enough they would have been in harm's way. police are still in the process of trying to locate lee's relatives but so far they haven't had much luck. the medical examiner's office completed its autopsy but they are not releasing the results. many discovery employees are having a tough time returning to work after what happened. right now the main lobby remains closed to everyone, even employees, today and monday are both holidays for the company. beginning on tuesday, company executives hope that everyone can return to work and begin the healing process. >> i don't think anyone walked into the building with the same bounce in their step that they
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had in days previous, but we came together and there was a lot of joyfulness that it ended so well for all of us. >> crisis counselors will be available for all discovery employees. some people in the manassas area are up in arms over a new adult-themed shop that's moving into town. kk's temptations is expected to open next month, but some community leaders there say the store will ruin time and money spent in recent years to make old town more family friend. the store's owner says she is being judged unfairly. she says the store will be classy and upscale and discreet. those opposed are holding a community meeting on thursday. there's a good chance you did not catch much of the redskins final preseason game. if you're a redskins game that is a good thing.
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they fell to the arizona cardinals, 20-10 last night. you can't make too much of the result of course because most of the starters did not play very much. albert haynesworth did, he started the game and played in 49 of the redskins 55 defensive plays. and the redskin nation is celebrating the life of campbell, known as grandpa hoggette. one of the founding members of the group of men who put on the dresses and hats and pig snouts, all as a tribute to the team's offensive line in the 1980s, the hogs. the funeral services for him will be held this saturday. he'll be buried wearing a redskins tie, but not in one of those dresses. a pig snout and redskins football will be placed in his coffin. thanks to the good times that he showed us. >> absolutely. you go for the game but you go for the party too and you need a guy like that.
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talking about the forecast into the weekend. >> the clouds over us now are from earl and they are producing a few scattered sprinkles around the metro area on this friday morning. here's the latest radar look at earl here over the last several hours. it is continuing to remain offshore, but it is lashing the outer banks and from virginia beach down to cape hatteras, including kill devil hills and nags head and kitty hawk, getting hit with bands of wind and winds gusting to 60 miles an hour there. virginia beach, 43 miles an hour and there are 8-foot waves east of virginia beach. other local radar not showing any heavy rain around our area. we have those little patches of blue around our region and there's a little bit heavier rain in the northern neck of virginia. that is coming into the atlantic beaches of virginia and maryland. this will only go downhill as the day progresses.
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they'll have wind gusts of 40 to 50 miles an hour. a small chance of sprinkles this morning and near 80 with a blustery northwest wind and sunshine. beautiful sunday and on labor day. a look into next week as we get back to work and school, around 90, but sunshine. not too humid. ashley, how does traffic look? >> this friday morning we have volume. you'll find it on 270 heading southbound. making your trip down towards the truck scales it's slow and steady. as you travel out on the 95 corridor heading northbound, we're looking at the pace just prior to newington, not too bad, the hovs in the center of the screen there. as we head northbound approaching quantico, a new accident blocks the left lane and you will find delays from 6:6 610 to get past quantico. >> coming up, a new study puts people's kitchens to the same
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tests restaurants face and it may make you do extra cleaning this weekend. a highly unusual catch in the potomac.
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could your home kitchen pass a health inspection? a new study shows 14% would fail similar tests that restaurants go through.
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los angeles researchers say less than 2/3 of home kitchens will get an a or b. in comparison, 98% of restaurants get an a or b every year. here's a shark tale for the grandkids, a maryland fisherman pulled an 8-foot long shark out of the potomac river. willy dean caught this shark fishing off cornfield. it is one of the most dangerous in the world. dean says it was quite a fight to get it out of the water. i'll belt the shark didn't want to come. right now he has the shark in his freezer and plans to mount it on his wall. >> note to self-stay away from cornfield harbor. >> do not swim. your time is 5:25. still ahead this morning, customers unleash on pepco. one customer said she became so familiar with the utility she
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has their service number stored in her phone. earl approaches, the outer bands are now hitting the virginia coast, the latest projections from tom. emergency crews are ready to help hurricane victims but aren't staying in maryland.
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hurricane earl now churning up the surf, pounding coastline, slowing moving up virginia's shores. good morning, i'm aaron gilchrist in for eun yang. >> i'm joe krebs, welcome back to "news 4 today." it is friday, the 3rd day of september. this is what earl looks like on radar, dumping a lot of rain moving ever closer to the beaches in virginia and maryland. we have team coverage of the storm. chris gordon is live in ocean city, but we're going to begin with tom kierein tracking earl right now. >> it is now the center of circulation just about 50 miles to the southeast of cape hatteras. and right around that center of circulation, the winds are blowing over 100 miles an hour. let's look at that radar. and the closer view of the radar showing where you see the yellows, heavy bands of rain coming in off the atlantic circulating around earl's center which is just now southeast of cape hatteras of the and the winds in those bands of rain are up to 60 miles an hour around
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nags head. and there have been gusts over 0 miles an hour in virginia beach. 8 to 9-foot waves now, some of the heavier surf is just about to move up towards the virginia shoreline as well as up towards the maryland beaches in the next couple of hours. our local radar is showing a few sprinkles in virginia in prince william and down culpepper. there's light rain in the northern neck of virginia as well. far to the south and east, the radar scanning over the ocean, showing a few sprinkles near as teeg, that will be coming near ocean city over the next few hours. we have the clouds from earl with us today. highs in the upper 80s. and then partly cloudy tonight, sunny on saturday with a blustery northwest wind gusting
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25 to 30 miles an hour. highs reaching near 80. we'll have low humidity in place and low humidity a beautiful labor day, highs reaching around 80, chilly in the morning with the mid-50s. ashley, how's the friday commute? >> this early morning we do have one little accident, 95 headed southbound. as you can see it does have ekts. the southbound direction will be heavy as we leave towards the zep accident which is just prior to 70/100. heading into town along the freeway, you have one or two potholes along the trip along the freeway in both directions. keep an eye out for it. joe and aaron, back to you. and now more about what we know on hurricane earl. that storm is currently a category two. it remains powerful.
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the virginia national guard is on stand by. along the coastline in maryland, there is no swimming in ocean city until tomorrow. that is where we find chris gordon this morning joining us live with the latest from ocean city. >> reporter: hey, aaron, when we first took to the air -- let me ask, were you in there? >> yeah. >> reporter: i understand. good luck to you, you're not supposed to be swimming without lifeguards. >> do you want to swim with us? >> reporter: no, i appreciate it. >> take a look at the surf. the surf is up. >> the water is great. >> reporter: the water is great i'm told but officials have basically asked people not to go into the water until the storm passes. when we took to the air at 4:30. tom kierein said we can expect rain in about an hour. and sure enough almost as if on
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cue, we have started to get rain in the past few minutes here in ocean city yesterday the mayor and his emergency management team held a meeting to make plans and this is what they told us. >> as it is now, 135, 150 miles offshore. that is good. hurricane force winds only extend out about 90 miles from the eye. we're looking at tropical force winds in the 40 to 50-mile-per-hour range. that's a big difference between 90 to 100 miles an hour. we're prepared for that. it's a fast-moving storm. it should come in early in the morning and will be out of here by the afternoon. that's the good news. >> reporter: what the mayor is saying, they don't want anybody to drive, especially over the bridge, until this storm passes. but they are saying if you plan for like 3:00 this afternoon as a departure time, that should be
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good. after earl passes they are saying they have nothing but sunshine in the labor day forecast. so that's the latest. wind picking up a little. it's only 15 miles an hour but they are expecting gusts a lot more later. rain is just starting here in ocean city. >> nicely done, chris, thanks. the mid-atlantic may be getting ready for earl but the northeast could suffer more damage especially up in massachusetts. dozens of emergency personnel from our area are in cape cod this morning to try to provide help. they are from the montgomery county urban search and rescue team. fema activated the 80 members yesterday. the team has been dispatched for many hurricanes. but they usually head south to the gulf coast. this is their first time that they are heading north. building by building searches to make sure nobody is trapped and
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assist with any rescues from that. nasa is hoping earl can help the scientists learn more about tropical storms. they took this picture of earl from space, just a couple of days ago. scientists actually flew into the hurricane yesterday to gather data. they are trying to learn more about what makes some tropical storms strengthen and others weaken. that would help forecasters predict how strong a hurricane will be. yesterday's flight is part of a six-week nasa research mission. pepco is listen to customer comments. the utility company held a public hearing in prince george's county he community college in largo. many customers told pepco officials about one chronic issue, power outages and not weather-related power outages. >> our power goes out all the time. we had them in our whole subdivision, so often that it
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damages the electrical appliances we have in our home. >> this public hearing held by the public service commission comes after they released a reliability enhancement plan, vowed to spend tens of millions of dollars to improve service over the next five years. the oldest newspaper for the gay and lesbian community will publish under its original name starting today "the washington blade" returns after its parent company closed and it has been printed as did the, "d.c. agenda." the paper was founded in 1969. 5:36 is our time. the labor day weekend will be a long one for virginia's dmvs. next, tom will have a look
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good morning, hurricane earl now lashing the outer banks with winds up to 70 miles an hour right there near nags head as bands are coming in. the center of circulation about 50 miles to the east southeast of cape hatteras. winds around the center of
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circulation at 105 miles an hour. farther to the west, the peak wind gusts have been near 70 miles an hour. those are the bands of the heaviest winds and rains coming in off the atlantic into southeastern virginia as well as all the way across eastern north carolina. our local radar showing a few sprinkles south of washington. right now down through culpepper to the west of interstate 95. there's one band of light rain there. there's a couple of other bands of little bit heavier rain in the northern neck of virginia. in ocean city they are getting a few bands of light rain but the heavier bands are off the coast. they will be moving inland near ocean city in the next couple of hours. highs today reaching the 80s. it will be sunny and breezy tomorrow near 80, beautiful labor day highs near 80, low humidity but cool in the mornings near the 50s. the latest on earl's track as well coming up at 5:51.
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let's check traffic for this friday morning. ashley, how is it looking now? >> this early morning, we're relatively good shape around the region. we have a couple of trouble spots. let's start off with good news out of virginia, approaching the capitol beltway, no problems past 123. elsewhere out of virginia on 95. delays continue to stack up. we have accident activity just prior to newington as you can see in the distance. along the left side, once you get beyond it, pace picks up. northbound 95 is no trip in the park, approaching quantico, we have an accident with the left lane blocked. and a new accident in the delay is bhoking the left lane as well. double whammy down that way. >> you think you're smart getting out of town early, not so much it looks like. it is now 5:42.
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still ahead, we go live to north carolina where earl is already hammered the coast and dumped a lot of rain and it is still coming down. plus, exclusive photos of the discovery head quarter standoff taken from high above moments after it ended. major metro alert, five stations closing, what you need to know.
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welcome back, we're following breaking news, a power problem at the metro station, all elevators enescalator are out of service. the station is open. the escalator problems sparked outrage at that station a few months ago. we have calls in and a crew heading in that direction. a power outage, all escalators
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and elevators are out of service at dupont circle. metro will close five train stations as it undertakes the largest maintenance project in history. glenn mont, silver spring and tacoma stations will close for track work beginning at 10:00, the red line stations will reopen tuesday morning. 500 metro employees and contractors will work on an eight-mile stretch of the track. metro will offer free shuttle service between the stations and riders should expect delays. you can avoid traffic to the beach if you plan ahead by traveling before noon today or after 10:00 p.m. tonight. the best times to travel saturday are before 7:00 a.m. and between 5:00 and 10:00 p.m. subd between 7 and 11 a.m. and after 10:00 p.m. make sure that your vehicle is road ready. one disabled vehicle can cause
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huge backups. as for any traffic conditions on the bay bridge, you can call 1-877-bay-span or log on to baybridge.com to find out. this morning we are learning more about the gunman who stormed into the discovery channel head quarter building strapped with explosives and took three people hostages. the hostages were not harmed but james lee was shot and killed by montgomery county police. according to the investigators to found more explosives in his home, this could have been far worse than what we saw this week. elaine reyes joins with us what police are learning about lee now. >> aaron, the investigation is far from over. police are trying to find a vehicle or car that lee may have used to see if there is anything it. especially after finding several items, some of them explosives, inside of his home. james lee rented a room inside this wheaton home. s.w.a.t. team members took away
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several boxes of items and evacuated neighbor during the search. investigators found four explosives inside his room. they successfully detonated all of them. neighbors described james lee as a quiet man who kept to himself. investigators also found two starter pistols in his possession. montgomery county police say they didn't want to take any chances. >> my folks believe that they heard a pop and again, don't know if it was gun going off or if it was him trying to detonate a device, they felt he had to go in there at that point. >> take a look at this. this is an exclusive photo of what appears to be the hostages in the middle of all of action. it's taken high above the scene looking down. police told those folks to lie down on the ground until everything was clear. now, investigators have not been
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able to track down any of lee's family members. they are still trying but haven't had any luck. aaron, back to you. elaine reyes in the newsroom. thanks, elaine. many discovery employees are finding it hard to return to work so soon after this terrifying incident. right now the main lobby remains closed to everyone, even employees. today and monday are both holidays for the company but starting on tuesday, company executives say they hope everyone it return to work and begin the healing crisis. crisis counselors will be made available for all discovery employees. forecasters expect the category 2 hurricane to make landfall in the northeastern pafrt u.s. part of the u.s. thousands of people in the outer banks have been evacuated already. kristen d kristen dahlgren is live with
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the latest good morning. >> reporter: good morning, joe. it's been a long night for a lot of people here along the outer banks. we have been seeing these really strong wind gusts and rain. you can see it here behind me, the latest from the hurricane center, earl has passed by cape hatteras, moving to the north. we're continuing to see more of it. more people along the east coast can expect as earl heads north. >> reporter: through the dark of night, earl brought lashing winds and sent rain side ways rattling buildings along the outer banks as mountains of white surf piled up and those who took chances could only hope they made the right decision. the center of earl has so far stayed offshore, the glancing blow was enough to send many packing earlier in the day. cars and roads filled with hundreds heading off the thin strip of land along north carolina's coast. as officials ordered mandatory
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evacuations for all visitors. >> they have asked us to leave so we will have to cut our vacation short this year. >> reporter: to the north in income new england many were making the same decision, emergency vehicles heading on to vulnerable islands as last-minute preparations kicked into high gear. >> once it starts, you could sit here and watch and the boats are bouncing and breaking loose. you can't get at them. >> reporter: knowing that north carolina is the first stop. >> it's going to be a very close call for much of the east coast. >> reporter: and that earl may be far from done with its destruction. taking another live look at the rain bands, we've seen the surf churning out there. won't be surprised if we see pretty significant beach erosion. officials say they will be out once it does get lighter looking for damage. the crews have been out so far haven't seen too much of anything. there are reports of a couple of
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people without power at this point and also minor road flooding in areas. the coast guard going to be doing some flyovers looking for any damage and the coast guard also says it does have search and rescue choppers ready in case those are needed. that's the latest. i'm kristen dahlgren, back to you. >> really dramatic pictures out there. stay safe. let's turn to tom kierein. folks are thinking, what's coming our way at this point? >> we have clouds from earl over the metro area and they are producing sprinkles areas west of interstate 95. in the outer banks they are getting pounded. there's the radar history over the last three hours t. does show the circulation of earl offshore. but because of right near the center of circulation, winds are over 100 miles an hour. the peak wands are remaining offshore. some of the bands have been
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coming in near kill devil hills and kitty hawk near cape hatteras. this is the zone where the heaviest winds and rains are occurring circulating around the center of circulation right now that is just off to the east of cape hatteras. the areas of yellow, we're continuing to see this train of heavy rain coming in there. this is only going to be advanced to the north. it does look like the area around ocean city, which is now having a little bit of light rain going to get the heavier rain in next couple of hours. we have a band of light rain down through culpepper, west of 95. further south into the northern neck of virginia, they are getting moderate rain there and it stretches down to heavy rain just to the east-southeast of richmond. here's another band of light rain that did come through ocean city moving to the lower eastern shore and lower bay. this is an area of very heavy
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rain off the coast. it's about 30 miles off the coast the that is going to be swinging inland and coming right into near ocean city and right down towards assateague and chincoteague. we have a few sprinkles showing up in montgomery county as well. stay tuned as the morning progresses, this is only going to be going downhill for the beaches. we have escaping the brunt of the storm, we're in the 70s now around the region. out in the mountains cool in the 50s there. in the eastern shore, very humid and mid-70s with the heavy rains about to come in off the atlantic as earl is continuing to advance to the northeast. thankfully the main center of circulation, the strongest winds of over 100 miles an hour will stay off the coast. hurricane earl did weaken a bit overnight and it likely will continue to weaken a bit as it heads up towards southeastern massachusetts. these are the latest statistics out an hour ago, category 2
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storm, 105 miles an hour. it is moving fairly quickly. but the orange area is where we could get the tropical storm to near hurricane force winds. we've had wind reports of nearly 70 miles an hour on the outer banks. the area of the tropical storm force winds will be brushing along our at lancaster tlantic the heaviest winds and rains will be hitting cape cod by later on tonight. the closer view of that track showing thankfully that the heaviest wind and rain is going to remain off the coast. but close enough for us to see the heavy rains into the lower eastern shore and wind gusting to 50 miles an hour. then the heavy wind and rain will hit nantucket and cape cod after 8:00 tonight. perhaps around midnight there. for the bus stop this morning, for the students waiting for buses, maybe a sprinkle in the low to mid-80s. becoming mostly sunny by late
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afternoon as we hit the mid and upper 80s and partly cloudy night to follow by dawn tomorrow. a bit blustery on saturday with a high near 80. beautiful weather for sunday and labor day. low humidity. back to work and school tuesday into mid week, heating up. ashley, how's the traffic? >> we are starting off with accident activity. it's been there a little while. they are saying it will be there another hour. if you're thinking of jumping on 95 south, not necessarily the best idea towards newington. not the best shot here but you can see heading in the southbound direction you have company here as you can see these delays just continue to grow. very heavy leaving the capitol beltway towards newington. this accident involves a police cruiser, that's why it's going to be there for so long. to left lanes are blocked, elsewhere it is just volume. that's the pace you're looking at. around the capitol beltway you get the all clear but a little
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bit of volume across the american legion heading down into tysons. back to you. are you one of thousands of virginia who could not get your driver's license renewed because of the computer glitch at the dmv, you'll have labor day to take care of that. bob mcdonnell says the dmv offices will open on sunday and monday to accommodate people who could not get licenses since the glitch hit more than a week ago. that problem was finally fixed this week pt the dmv extended hours begin today. all 74 locations will remain open until 6:00 this evening. tomorrow, 14 centers will stay open until 6:00. those include alexandria, fair oaks, leesburg and wood bridge. those 14 dmvs will be open from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on sunday and 8:00 until noon on monday, labor day. plans to open up an adult-themed store in manassas, kk's temptations is supposed to
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open next month. but some community leaders say the store will ruin the wholesome environment they've worked so hard to create. the store's owner tells news 4 she's being judged unfairly. she promises her store will be classy and upscale and discreet. those opposed to the store are holding a community meeting on tuesday. drilling is expected to resume this morning in an effort to rescue the miners trapped in chile. a doctor from nasa denied their request for alcohol and cigarettes because of dangerous conditions but they have been given nicotine patches and gum to get them through withdrawals. next at 6:00 a.m., the embarrassing moment for one politician when she is left speechless during a debate. also ahead, we have team coverage of
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jtsds guilty ksz a jtsds. good morning, earl, the eye of the hurricane may be off land but it is hitting the outer banks with winds and rain. good morning, welcome back to "news 4 today," i'm joe krebs. >> good morning, i'm aaron gilchrist in for eun yang. it is friday, september 3rd, 2010. a look outside here, we're waking up to a cloudy looking but comfortable feeling across the district. >> tom, those clouds are from earl, is that right? >> they are. they are producing a few sprinkles in our viewing area this morning west of i-95 and parts of the montgomery county. as we look at the radar over the last three hours, down into
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southeastern south virginia and eastern north carolina, where you see the bands of yellow, those are the heaviest rain and those yellow bands have wind gusts to nearly 70 miles an hour. and the bowie reporting 7-foot waves. and the heaviest rains are about to come into ocean city over the next couple of hours there. you can see that band, that green and yellow off the coast. that's going to be swinging inland near ocean city down to chincoteague over the next couple of hours or so. and our temperatures are in the 70s around the region. later today we'll have it climbing into the low to mid-80s as we do see the effects of earl going by and beautiful weekend to follow tomorrow. ashley, how's the traffic? >> let's dive right in with good
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news. 66 in great shape, no problems heading towards the capitol beltway. as we travel on 95 northbound, not exactly the same story. northbound drivers this is heading for the capitol beltway, a little bit of volume in the southbound direction due to accident activity we got prior to 70/100 possibly involving a police car. this will be here until at least 7:00 a.m. delays continue to stack up. as you travel 270 southbound we are looking at brake lights towards the truck scale, but these are short lived. beltway itself, still in good shape as you see the outer loop through silver spring. you're still doing the posted speed limits so no complaining. >> breaking news, the elevators and he is xa laescalators at th
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dumont metro station are outs of service. we're told that the station is still open. hurricane earl is pummeling north carolina. jim can tore has the latest from cape hatteras. >> reporter: good morning, everybody, from hatteras ferry landing, we continue to get hammered from earl, even though it's pulling out of way and weakening. it continues to send in the strong bands, which have been producing consistent near tropical storm force winds. gusts some of them reported as high as 75 miles an hour. unofficially and as those gusts have come on through, at least here, they haven't caused power. we had flashes from time to time. but all in all doing pretty good. here's the deal, guys. the sound is right here. this is a ferry that you would take typically to ocracoke if you were heading out that way. that's not going to happen. but the water is splashing up
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over into the parking lot and highway 12. and that's pretty much the case as you -- heck not even a mile where you find the water knee deep on the road as a result of that. as you go up past hatteras through bux ton and ro danthe, we're getting the oceanside flooding. we're east/west. keel keep you posted here. let's go back to the studios. >> thanks to you. earl is making its way up the coast. ocean city, maryland preparing for rough conditions right now. we continue our team coverage with news 4's chris gordon joining us live with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, aaron. you can see the wind is picking up as we look at the dune grasses behind me. the winds have been between maybe 10 to 20 miles an hour but they are expecting gusts up to 30 and 50 miles an hour. you'll see the ocean.
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it has been choppy. we are told by surfers that it is very rough. let's show you pictures from yesterday when only the most experienced body border were allowed to ride the waves. they told us they would come crashing down on sand and gravel below the water. people were told to stay in water standing below their waist but now even that has become a dangerous situation and the mayor of ocean city after meeting with his emergency management team is very cautious. here's what he had to say. >> i don't think the beaches will be closed, but the surf will be closed in all reality. right now we're prohibiting people from going into the surf itself. the beach is open but we're stopping people from going out into the surf. we've determined that yesterday they were allowed in up to their knees but the rip current are extremely strong. they will get worse. we are not going to take chances
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with that. we'll probably limit the access to the surf at least until after the storm. >> reporter: thoer hoping the storm passes by later this afternoon. they are encouraging people to delay driving to ocean city until the storm does pass. they think that will be between 3:00 and 5:00 this afternoon. they told everybody in the area and all the precautions have been made to turn over beach chairs and take over furniture off of decks and porch ps. that's the situation in ocean city, light rain is beginning to fall. back to you in the studio. chris, you've been out there for the better part of two hours. any beach patrols going on right now to make sure people aren't doing anything they shouldn't be? >> well, there is a beach patrol truck. i think what it's doing, it's been patrolling back and forth. it's combing the sand getting ready for when the beach reopens. there have been some people but
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the beach is so long. i'm at 37th street in both directions it stretches for miles. so there is a truck out there but there have been people in the water and they shouldn't be. there are no lifeguards on duty right now, the surf is closed and beaches are open. >> chris gordon live in ocean city, maryland. thank you, chris. the mid-atlantic may be preparing for earl, but the northeast could suffer more damage especially massachusetts. dozens of emergency personnel from our area in cape cod this morning to provide support. they are from the montgomery county urban search and rescue team. fema activated 30 members of the team mgts it still remains to be seen whether earl will keep people home. can you avoid delays on the bay bridge by traveling before noon today or after 10:00 p.m. the best times tomorrow are before 7:00 a.m. and between 5
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and 10 p.m. sunday between 7:00 and 11:00 a.m. and after 10:00 p.m. for traffic conditions approaching or on the actual bay bridge, you can call 1-877-bay, span for updates or logon to baybridge.com. tonight, metro will close five rail line stations as it undergoes the largest maintenance project in his trixt the glenn mont silver spring and tacoma stations will all close for track work tonight. they will reopen tuesday morning. the whole weekend more than 500 metro employees will work on the eight-mile stretch of track. they'll offer free shuttle service between the stations. coming up, new pictures show the dramatic moments when police storm the discovery building and take down the gunman. the embarrassing moment for a gubernatorial candidate, it's not good when you're left speechless during a debate.
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we'll take a live look outside. beautiful purple sky right now as those clouds are from hurricane earl. we'll be back with weather and traffic together on the ones
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good morning, it's 6:11,
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time for weather and traffic on the ones. at this hour looking at hurricane earl. here's the radar history, getting pounded, outer banks by wind and rain. winds gusting to 70 miles an hour. some of the seas east there 20 to 25-foot waves out there. some of the heaviest rains will be hitting the eastern shore of our region, maryland, delaware beaches in perhaps a couple of hours. elsewhere, maybe a few sprinkles this morning and back this afternoon in the upper 80s. breezy and beautiful on saturday and 80 degrees for a high. ashley, how's the traffic? >> we have a new accident out of prince george's county. southbound branch avenue as you approach beach road will be shut down, that's leaving saint barn bus. only southbound lanes affected on that one. no problems on the capitol beltway, you leave college park at the posted speed limit. 95 southbound, looks like afternoon rush hour out there.
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accident out of quantico is blocking a lane. you have delays from 610 and what we're looking at here is accident activity prior to 70/100, vdot saying it will be there at least until 7:00. don't commit to the 95 from springfield to 70/100. beyond this issue, you're in much better spirits. >> you say that accident involves a police car, do we know how bad the accident is or what is involved in the accident? >> v dot confirmed three vehicles were involved and one of the vehicle was a police officer. we do know it's going to be there for a little while. >> that is a horrible mess. thanks very much. 6:13 is the time, final preseason games in the nfl are boring and dull. for the starters why it was anything but for one redskins
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star. not again, a fire on an oil platform in the gulf. find out if there's now more oil in the water. what police found inside the kensington home of the man who took three h
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hurricane earl is battering north carolina as we speak. that storm has weakened to a category 2 hurricane but it is still a powerful and potentially dangerous storm as it makes its way up the east coast. you can see our digital doppler radar and a picture from north carolina. nags head, north carolina being drenched with several inches of rain. parts of that state could face 2 to 4-foot storm surges. tom kierein says the delmarva beaches will feel the impacts in a few hours. >> as we approach this labor day weekend, a new report will show how many americans do not have a job. the labor department will release its unemployment numbers around 8:30 this morning. economists are bracing for bad news. experts predict the unemployment rate will inch up to 9.6%.
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17 after the hour. we're learning more about the gunman who stormed into the discovery channel building strapped with explosives and took three people hostage. james lee was eventually shot and killed by police. they found more items inside his home. news 4's elaine reyes has more details on that. >> investigators are still trying to find a vehicle or a car that lee may have used to see if there was anything in it. he rented a room inside a house in wheaton and found more explosives inside. it is located near connecticut avenue. s.w.a.t. team members took away several boxes of items and evacuated neighbors dur the search. police found four explosives in his home and successfully detonated all of them. neighbors described james lee as a quiet man who kept to himself. he had two pipe bombs and other explosives strapped to his body
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during the standoff. investigators found two starter pistols in his possession. >> had he been able to detonate those devices, they would have been lethal, certainly to him, it would be pure speculation, but clearly, the hostages were close enough they would have been in harm's way. >> now, take a look at this. this is an exclusive photo of what appears to be the hostages in the middle of all of the action. it's taken high above the scene looking down. police told the folks to lion the ground until was clear. the medical examiner's office concluded the autopsy right now, not releasing the results. >> elaine, thanks. joe? >> pepco is listening to customer comments as it tries to improve persistent problems with the electricity service. they held a public hearing last night at prince george's community college in largo. customers lined up to explain why they feel they are not
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getting adequate service. >> i counted five surges where the power flickers off and comes back on. this is happening within the month of august. they deny that it has anything to do with pepco, that you need to call an electrician. but we don't need an electrician for the entire subdivision. >> the public hearing comes after the company released a new reliability enhancement plan. pepco vowed to spend tens of millions of dollars to improve service over the next five years. the oldest u.s. newspaper for the gay and lesbian and buy sexual community will publish under its original name "the washington blade" returns a year after the parent company closed. it was printed as "the d.c. agenda." three staffers bought the name and archives. the newspaper was founded in 1969.
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a d.c. art gallery is closed after a fire. flames were shooting from the roof yesterday morning. fire officials tell news 4 it was an accident. museum spokes person pointed to renovation work as a possible cause. nobody was hurt and the gallery will be closed until further notice. if you're up at this hour, there's a good chance you didn't catch of the redskins final preseason game. if you're a redskins fan that may be a good thing. they fell to the arizona cardinals 20-10 in glendale, arizona. you can't make too much of the results, bougecause many starte didn't play. haynesworth played in 49 of the 55 defensive plays. coming up on 6:21 right now. time for weather and traffic on the ones. >> tom kierein joins us in the studio. >> we have hurricane earl
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poundsing the outer banks, lashing the outer banks with winds up to 70 miles an hour and heavy rain where you see the areas of yellow the heaviest rain bands are continuing to move right into virginia beach. they are just about to hit there. the heaviest rains have been hitting south of there from kill devil hills, kitty hawk down to cape hatteras. and that area is going to continue to get heavy rain. nag head had gusts of over 70 miles an hour. over the center of circulation, those winds are nearly 100 miles per hour. a the west of interstate 95 through orange county and culpepper and the northern neck, a couple of bands of light rain. later today, highs in the 80s and breezy and beautiful on saturday with near 80 degree temperatures and great weather for the rest of the holiday weekend. for work and school it will heat
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up tuesday and wednesday into mid week. >> unfortunately, we're starting you off with big bad news this early morning. we are dealing with accident activity just prior to 7100. 95 southbound, look at this. it's already jammed solid from the capitol beltway and delays are now leading onto the beltway itself. certainly not a lovely morning for drivers trying to get out of town early. northbound drivers are going to hit the brakes leaving route 1 to take a look at what's going on. you lose the two left lanes and accident was involving three vehicles so it's going to be there for a little while longer. vdot saying not until 7:00 a.m. are they thinking of clearing the accident. hovs won't prove to help you out. if you are traveling on the northbound trip, no big problems. it is quiet through college park. silver spring, in good shape. new accident after 202 on outer
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loop, it just moved over to the right shoulder but it was there at last check. back to you. 6:23 now. it has happened again, an accident and fire at an oil rig in the gulf forcing the rescue of more than a dozen workers. and the embarrassing moment for one gubernatorial candidate when she is left speechless during a debate.
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no signs of another oil spill in the gulf after a fire on an oil platform yesterday. 13 are recovering after they jumped in the water to escape. there was a fire, not an explosion above a marier oil platform in the gulf of mexico. the fire occurred 200 miles west of the site of the bp disaster. not clear what caused the blast yet. the coast guard says the rig was not drilling at the time of the accident. it is every public speaker's worst nightmare. completely for getting -- >> we have done everything that we could possibly do -- we have did what was right for arizona.
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>> that is governor jan brewer from arizona, she stamerred through a televised debate earlier this week. since then this clip has become an internet sensation on a phoenix radio show, brewer said she could have done better and she called it the longest 16 seconds of her life. brewer gained national attention earlier this year when she signed a controversial new immigration law in arizona, completely forget what she was going to say. >> nothing worse than when the old mind goes completely blank. >> happens to all of us. >> complete coverage of hurricane earl. >> the storm is hitting north carolina and our local behes will soon feel its impact.
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mr. earl the hurricane is packing a power punch as it hits north carolina and it won't be long before it hits our beaches as well. i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm aaron gilchrist in for eun yang. it is friday, september 3rd, 2010. cloudy skies across the district and tom kierein, this is what we're getting from earl already this morning, right? >> those clouds are from earl and they are producing some sprinkles of rain in the viewing
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area west of interstate 95 in virginia they are getting rain. look at the heaviest rain where you see the circulation of earl east of the outer banks with the bands of yellow and orange coming inland. they are producing wind gusts over 60 miles an hour. the winds are about 100 miles an hour near the center of circulation. and the seas are 36 feet, 36-foot waves near the center of circulation. it continues to track off to the north and east. the latest statistics on earl, it is a category 2 storm and it's been holding that way overnight with winds about 105 near the center of circulation, the orange center inland there could be tropical storm force winds and that will brush right by our atlantic beaches and track off to the north and east. here's a closer view of the track. the heaviest rains will be way
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out to sea but close enough to ocean city for moderate to heavy rain to gust near 50 miles an hour. then it will hit cape cod tonight with strong winds and rain. saturday and sunday and monday, beautiful weather for the holiday weekend. ashley, how's the traffic? >> if only it was beautiful on the roadways. unfortunately we are starting off with a major issue, 95 southbound in the camera shot, all of the accident activity taking up the better portion of the roadway. you're squeezing to the right to get by. it does have far-reaching effects. we have delays spilling onto the capitol beltway and it's jammed solid out of springfield, light doesn't describe the traffic out there. if you come on beyond 70/100, you'll be fine for the rest of 95. getting down that way it is just inching along. the northbound drivers will slow to look at what's going on. you can see the hov in the blue
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light. it is a little bit congested. by 395 you're back up to the speed limit and no problems. 270 southbound you're on the brakes and no big problems around the capitol beltway to start you off this friday morning. hurricane earl is bearing down on the east coast. it is pummeling north carolina right now. earl is dumping several inches of rain in parts of the outer banks. a section of one highway had hob closed because of flooding and thousands of people have been evacuated. earl is making its way up the coast and ocean city, maryland is getting ready for the worst. chris gordon is live in ocean city and has the latest for us. good morning, chris. >> reporter: good morning, joe. the wind is getting stronger. we've had sporadic light rain. we want to show you more pictures within the last half hour of the surf here at 37th street in front of cat castle in
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the sand where we are staying to do our coverage. the surf is rough. and we are told that the mayor has decided to close the beach -- i'm sorry, close the surf leaving the beach open. a lot of people want to come down, even at this early hour and take a look at the ocean and waves. joining me now is jim par kin son, a property manager, drove to ocean city from his home in delaware, about 30 miles away. you came across weather worse than this? >> yes, a lot heavier wind and leaves were blowing off the tree and we had enough rain had you to run your windshield wipers about half speed. got to ocean city and it sort of cleared up. i know we're expecting it here later. hopefully we're prepared for everything that they might throw
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at us. >> reporter: let's take a live shot at the surf. the ocean behind -- how big are the waves? probably 8 or 10 foot. >> reporter: we have visitors coming down to see the waves but they are not allowed in until earl passes and i'm that won't be until sometime later this afternoon. >> right and hopefully around noontime it will be the worst of it. hopefully it will be over by dinner time tonight and we're looking for a nice weekend. they say it's going to be sunny and warm the rest of the weekend through tuesday. >> reporter: thank you very much. that's the latest from ocean city. we'll be updating you throughout the day. back to you. thanks very much. the mid-atlantic may be getting ready for earl, but the northeast could suffer more damage, especially up in massachusetts. in fact, dozens of emergency personnel from our area are right now in cape cod this morning to provide some help
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from montgomery county urban search and rescue team. fema activated 30 members of that team yesterday. >> building by building, house by house, street by street searches to ensure there's nobody trapped in any collapsed houses and to assist with any rescues from that. >> this team has been dispatched for a lot of hurricanes but they usually head south to the gulf coast. this is actually the first time they are heading north. this labor day weekend, you can avoid traffic to the beach if you plan ahead. you can avoid delays if you're traveling before noon or after 10:00 p.m. the best time to travel on saturday are perfebefore 7:00 a and sunday between 7 own 11:00 a.m. and after 10:00 p.m. one disabled vehicle can cause huge backups for traffic conditions approaching or on the bay bridge. you can call-1-877-bay-span or
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logon to baybridge.com. from the roads to the rails, metro will close five strain stations as it undertakes the largest maintenance project in history. wheaton, silver spring, forest glen and tacoma will close for track work at 10:00 p.m. they will work on the eight-mile stretch of track. the red line stations will reopen tuesday morning. 6 :37 is our time. new pictures show the dramatic moment when police stormed the discovery building and take down the gunman. the person on the ground is one of the survivors. here's something you don't see every day, an 8-foot shark pulled out of the potomac river. 81 degrees already out there. clouds above us right now the those clouds are from earl. we'll have weather and traffic on the ones next.
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welcome back, we have serious problems on i-95 southbound where there is a serious accident overnight before 3:00 this morning.
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three vehicles, one of them a police car involved in the accident. it has been backed up and causing problems for the last three and a half to four hours. >> the delays are always south the beltway, first let's talk to tom kierein. the sun is up and it's starting to warm up a bit. but we're starting to see earl come in as well. >> over the metro area now, getting a little bit wet in central virginia, but there are heavy bands of rain and strong winds coming in off the atlantic circulating around earl. the center of circulation has winds over 100 miles per hour. that is far east of hatteras, where there's a bowie reporting seas of up to 36 feet out there. the bands of yellow are the bands of heaviest rains coming inland and should be coming towards ocean city in another couple of hours. and from assateague down to chincoteague, the wind will pick up, gusting 40 to 0.
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light rain in southern maryland, as well as west of 95. we could get a passing shower this morning and a beautiful labor day weekend to follow. the latest on earl's track and look into next week in a few minutes. as joe and aaron were mentioned earlier, it happened closer to the 3:00 hour, still affecting drirz blocking the entire left side of the roadway. you are squeezing to the right to get by. we do have jammed conditions off of the capitol beltway and it's not looking too nice. in the camera shot where the accident once was, it does appear we have less vehicles. cross our fingers that we get our lanes back by 7:00. jammed from the beltway right now. as we travel elsewhere around the region, along 270, here's a pace, no problems past montgomery village -- that's looking at the ground.
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here's the pace by mont rose, you are picking up some company. all is quiet past connecticut avenue towards university boulevard. that's the outer loop that will slow out of college park heading for silver spring. we have new accident activity out of maryland at the bw parkway. you lose the right lane and ramp to the southbound bw parkway. metro is getting ready to start its biggest maintenance project ever. how this could disrupt your weekend plans. highly unusual catch in the potomac river, where a shark was pulled out. next, we'll go live to north carolina. right now the beaches are getting hit hard by hurricane earl. it's 6 toimg 43 on your friday morning.
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it has weakened to a category 2 hurricane but it is a powerful and dangerous storm up the east koext. kitty hawk being drenched with several inches of rain. parts of north carolina could face a 2 to 4-foot storm surge.
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kristen dahlgren is live in kill devil hills for us this morning with the latest on what you're seeing there. good morning. it would appear we're having trouble with kristen's sound this morning. we're going to see if we can work on that and maybe get back to her. tom kierein will have the latest on earl's forecast coming up in a few minutes near 6:50. we're also monitoring developments after an airport evacuation in south florida. authorities at the miami international airport reopened four of the airports six concourses after closing them last night. a screener found a suspicious item in a checked bag around 9:00. the tsa says the passenger detained remains in the custody of law enforcement this morning. authorities have not said whether they charge that person
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or what they found inside the luggage. this morning we're getting a new look of the final moments of the hostage situation. take a look at these pictures obtained exclusively by news 4. they show the scene immediately after the standoff ended. on the ground are three men believed to be hostages. normal procedure, police would have ordered them to lay on the ground until everything was clear. after s.w.a.t. team members shot and killed the suspect, james lee, who was inside the building at the time, they went through the building and found two back packs and two packages with home made explosives inside. >> had he been able to detonate those deadvices they would have been lethal, certainly to him and it would be pure speculation, but clearly the hostages were close enough they would have been in harm's way. police also say that two hand guns found with the suspect after he was killed were both starter pistols but they looked
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like real guns. s.w.a.t. teams discovered more explosives inside the wheaton home where lee rented a room. they described lee as a quiet man. ajasant homes were evacuated while police crews entered the house and removed any explosive materials. investigators believe lee may have manufactured all of his explosives inside the room he was renting there. if you're one of the thousands of virginians who couldn't get your driver's license renewed because of the computer glitch, you'll have labor day to take care of it. offices will be open on sunday and monday to accommodate people who couldn't get licenses since the glitch hit. the dmv's extended hours begin today. all 74 locations remain open until 6:00 p.m. tonight. tomorrow 14 will stay open until
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6:00, alexandria, fair oaks and leesburg and woodbridge. 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on sunday and 8:00 a.m. until monoon on monday. >> kristen dahlgren is live for us. we can hear you now. >> reporter: you can probably hear the winds too. this is the worst we've seen is so far this morning. i'm standing on a balcony and getting punished by the wind and rain. you can see the gusts in the rain, side ways and now got more -- back there through the -- the beaches here, wouldn't be surprises if we see significant beach erosion as we do get more light here and are able to check things out. officials going to be headed out to check for any damage later on this morning. the coastguard going to be doing flyovers, they do say they have search and rescue choppers going
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to be standing by in case anyone got in trouble from the storm. this is actually pretty lucky here it stayed offshore but still what some people can expect as earl now heads to the north. back to you. >> horizontal rain coming down behind kristen. we appreciate that. thanks. fewer than two hours, the government will release the all-important monthly jobs report and it does not look good. courtney reagan joins us with more on what the report is expected to say. >> reporter: the big focus is on jobs, usually the most important economic data point of the month. and the government's monthly employment report is due out. it is likely to show the payroll dropped by 110,000. most is due to the temporary census workers being let go. private sector hiring is increasing but not fast enough to bring down unemployment,
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which is expected to tick up to 9.6%, the first rise since april. the white house says it is not considering a second economic stimulus package. president obama is still discussing more tax breaks for businesses. he'll outline several initiatives in the next few weeks. back to you, joe. >> thanks very much, courtney. this is a shark tale for the grandkids this morning. >> unbelievable. a maryland fisherman pulled 8-foot shark out of the potomac. willy dean caught this fishing off of corn field harbor in saint mary's county. stay in the boat. it's a bull shark, one of the most dangerous in the world. dean says it was quite a fight to get that shark out of the water and into his boat. i can imagine right now he has the shark in his freezer and plans to mount it on his wall. probably surprises the kids when they look for ice cream in the
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freezer. >> don't stick your hand in there, buddy. let's turn to tom kierein for a look at the forecast. a little cloudy out here. >> the clouds are from earl and we had a few sprinkles but there is heavy rain with powerful winds. as we saw with kristen's report. those bands yellow are the bands of heavy rain moving off the atlantic and into nags head, kitty hawk, kill devil hills down to the outer banks. farther inland the winds aren't as powerful. they are getting heavy tropical rain from richmond down to eastern north carolina. now, this area of some moderate to heavy rain just off the coast of assateague, that's going to be coming closer to ocean city over the next couple of hours. a couple of areas of light rain in southern prince george's and calvert and saint mary's. farther south and east with the
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radar scanning over the atlantic showing one band of very heavy rain. this is rotating off to the west. should be coming right near ocean city down to chincoteague in another couple of hours. if this band comes in, there could be winds up to 60 miles an hour if it does move through. we have temperatures in the 70s throughout the region. right now 78 in washington. a little cooler farther to the west. only in the 50s in the mountains. hurricane earl continuing on the track we've been showing the last couple of days. it should turn northeast and the winds at the core the hurricane at 105 miles an hour moving northeast at about 16 miles per hour, taking it near cape cod tonight. here's a closer view of the track. the bulk the heavy wind and rain will be just offshore. close enough for wind gusts around 50 to 60 miles an hour with the heavier rain and it will hit martha's vineyard, cape
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cod this evening. low to mid-70s with the clouds and a sprinkle. during the afternoon into the 80s with sunshine and partly cloudy night to follow. 60s by dawn tomorrow. saturday and sunday and monday looking terrific. near 80 with low humidity. ashley, how's the traffic? >> i'm the bearer of good news this morning, we saw it in the clearing stages last report and it's all clear. we have been dealing with accident activity from the 3:00 hour, finally a thing of past. delays are easing, not nearly as you would like them too, leaving the capitol beltway, volume heading nor newington. northbound drivers, you are going to be on the brakes from 123 towards springfield, mostly due to rubber necking delays and just simple volume issue u.s. out of the wheaton area, here's the intersection of connecticut at randolph. we have a new accident blocking
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connecticut at dean road in the montgomery county area. joe and aaron, back to you. hurricane earl making its way up the east coast. right now it's north carolina that's being battered with rain and wind. ocean city maryland also bracing for the worst today. chris gordon has the latest from that resort town. >> reporter: here on the beach at ocean city, the wind is picking up and the gusts have been -- i'm sorry, one more time. here on the beach in ocean city, the wind is picking up. they are expecting 15 to 20-mile-per-hour winds with gusts up to 40. if you look at the surf, you'll see waves that are 8 to 10 feet in height. the surf has been closed until after earl passes before it is just too rough. there are rip current. the lifeguards actually took
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down their tall white chairs, towers because of fear they would be blown over. so visitors are coming down to take a look at the beach but they are not encouraged to go in the water until earl passes. that should be sometime friday afternoon and officials here in ocean city are hoping people will drive down then and enjoy the labor day weekend. that's the latest from ocean city, maryland, i'm chris gordon news 4. get ready for metro delays, they will close five train stations as it undertakes the largest maintenance project in its history. they are along the red line. megan mcgrath is live with what you need to know. >> reporter: well, good morning, the ntsb recommended that metro replace a track switch following the deadly collision. they are going to do that and other maintenance work, other safety updates as well. the bottom line is here for this
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